Mumbai: Maharashtra Government has issued guidelines regarding Ganeshotsav celebrations, saying that processions should not be taken out before installing and immersing idols.
“The heights of Lord Ganesh idols installed by sarvajanik (community) mandals and at household-level should be limited to 4 feet and 2 feet, respectively, this year,” the guideline said.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has urged people to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganeshotsav), which began today, in a low-key manner and avoid crowding in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not only this, he also urged the Muslim community members to observe Muharram, which falls in the month-end, in a simple manner and avoid gatherings, an official statement said.
The government strictly said people should possibly worship idols made of metals, marbles or other elements instead of installing conventional ones this year.
The government-issued statement said that if the idols installed are made of clay or are eco-friendly, then those should be immersed at home itself, the statement said. Idols should be immersed at a nearby artificial pond if it is not possible to immerse them at homes.
If possible, the send off of idols should be postponed until the time of immersions of idols installed during Maghi Ganeshotsav or during the month of Bhadrapad 2021, that is, next year.
The statement furtherly added that this will help avoid crowding while bringing/immersing idols and protect oneself and family from the COVID-19 infection.